(Some) Black Lives Matter

 

Keyshaun-MasonEveryone using social media has seen these names and hashtags countless times:

  • #TrayvonMartin
  • #MikeBrown
  • #FreddieGray
  • #EricGarner
  • #SandraBland

They, and others, have been the subjects of international news, were the reasons for countless riots and marches, and led to the new, controversial political movement Black Lives Matter.

On Monday, news broke out of Oxon Hill, MD (a suburb of Washington, DC) about a tragic murder:

Maryland Teen Died Protecting His Mother, Say Charging Docs

The Maryland teen stabbed to death by his mother’s boyfriend died trying to protect his mother, charging documents state.

Keyshaun Mason, who had just started his freshman year at Potomac High School, died Monday morning after he was attacked inside his own home.

Police said Sean Crawford, 48, stabbed Mason and his 18-year-old brother inside the home they shared on the 600 block of Audrey Lane in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Crawford is the live-in boyfriend of the teens’ mother, police said.

According to the charging documents, the victims tried to help their mother after she got into an argument with Crawford. At some point during the argument, Crawford allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and barricaded himself and the mother inside a bedroom.

Mason and his brother forced their way into the bedroom and tried to ask Crawford to leave their home. Crawford then stabbed Mason in his chest and the other victim in the shoulder, police said.

When I first read about this story on Tuesday morning, it made me very sad. Sad for the tragic loss of such a brave, young life. Sad that his mother had to watch him get killed. Sad that yet another innocent kid had to put up with the poor choices of a parent. Sad for his many classmates, who will greatly miss their friend.

After reading about Keyshaun, I tweeted this:

https://twitter.com/Cameron_Gray/status/656484624701325312

It was really nice that the Twitter account for Potomac High School, where he attended, retweeted me, and I hoped that his friends and family saw how I felt about this tragedy. All day, I had trouble getting this story out of my head. Later in the afternoon, I tweeted this:

https://twitter.com/Cameron_Gray/status/656547599231488000

Right after I sent that tweet, curious about how many people were tweeting with the hashtag #KeyshaunMason, I searched Twitter. There were five tweets by three people, including me.

I have never said a single good word about the Black Lives Matter movement. They are hardcore leftist radicals, who are decidedly anti-police. Their leaders praise and advocate for cop killers like Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur. They align themselves with pro-Palestinian activists, which as a Jew offends and concerns me. I think they are a dangerous movement.

I must admit, however, that the one thing they do well is bringing a story to a national, at times international, level. Black Lives Matter is a media darling, and the MSM is more than happy to help them advance a story and its agenda. They can make the name of a single person trend worldwide in hours, and for days or weeks on end.

So it must be asked, if Black Lives Matter, why isn’t #KeyshaunMason trending across the country? Hell, it isn’t even trending here in Washington, DC. As we speak, #GetWellSoonLiam and #Ayotzinapa are both trending. I have no idea what either of those are even about. If anything, the name of a 14-year-old hero who died protecting his mother should be known far and wide, but it’s not.

I have long contended that Black Lives Matter serves only to demonize police nationwide. They pick stories and promote topics and hashtags that add to their anti-cop narrative. Keyshaun Mason certainly does not do that, and I don’t think it’s much of a prediction that Black Lives Matter won’t be marching, rioting, or demanding justice for Keyshaun Mason.

People in the Black Lives Matter movement get very offended when people say that all lives matter. I really don’t care. All lives do matter, including that of Keyshaun Mason’s. May his brave soul rest in peace.

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P.S. In the time it took me to write this post (about an hour), there were no more additional tweets with the hashtag #KeyshaunMason.

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  1. John Penfold Member
    John Penfold
    @IWalton

    The last thing that matters to black lives matter are black lives. Some things are obvious.

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  2. raycon and lindacon Inactive
    raycon and lindacon
    @rayconandlindacon

    John Penfold:The last thing that matters to black lives matter are black lives. Some things are obvious.

    Thus, this kid, victim mostly of a black culture in which his mother shacks up with a scumbag, because they are surrounded by the pathological creation of the left, is yet another innocent lost to a society that cares nothing of God, and by default, worships satan.

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  3. David Sussman Podcaster
    David Sussman
    @DaveSussman

    Cameron Gray: I have long contended that Black Lives Matter serves only to demonize police nationwide. They pick stories and promote topics and hashtags that add to their anti-cop narrative.

    Game – set – match.

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  4. Ryan M Member
    Ryan M
    @RyanM

    I’ll bet if the boyfriend somehow died in custody or was harshly treated, you would see #seancrawford, #blacklivesmatter.

    So what’s the difference? Mason’s story confronted a culture that degrades fatherhood. Crawford’s story would embolden a false grievance that demands recompence. It is no wonder that the more difficult conviction is less popular.

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  5. Tommy De Seno Contributor
    Tommy De Seno
    @TommyDeSeno

    I agree with your premise, and in no way wish to detract from it.

    In keeping with it, I don’t put Trayvon Martin and Sandra Bland in the same category as Brown and Garner.

    Still not enough is known about Gray’s case.

    They don’t seem to care for Keyshaun because there is no way to bring racism or police brutality into it. Like John Penfold said, it’s not actually the lives that seem to matter to that movement.

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  6. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
    Eustace C. Scrubb
    @EustaceCScrubb

    Really, only one Black Life Matters, #TheOne, #HopeandChange.

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  7. Umbra Fractus Inactive
    Umbra Fractus
    @UmbraFractus

    Tommy De Seno: In keeping with it, I don’t put Trayvon Martin and Sandra Bland in the same category as Brown and Garner.

    I dispute your putting Brown and Garner in the same category. Garner is the only one on Cameron Gray’s list I’d consider an unambiguous crime (with the concession that I’d never heard of Sandra Bland until this post, and thus can’t judge.) The police in question used excessive force in the furtherance of a stupid law; Eric Garner was killed because he didn’t pay his taxes.

    Martin and Brown were violent thugs brought down in legitimate acts of self defense. Both would still be alive if not for their own bad decisions.

    Freddie Gray’s death was an accident. Tragic? Yes. Avoidable? Maybe. But still an accident.

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  8. La Tapada Member
    La Tapada
    @LaTapada

    This makes me so sad. I have a granddaughter who is 14, so I can imagine the grief of such a loss.

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  9. danys Thatcher
    danys
    @danys

    Such a sad and infuriating story.
    I’m now following you on twitter & have retweeted your tweet.

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  10. Cameron Gray Contributor
    Cameron Gray
    @CameronGray

    Tommy De Seno: I agree with your premise, and in no way wish to detract from it. In keeping with it, I don’t put Trayvon Martin and Sandra Bland in the same category as Brown and Garner. Still not enough is known about Gray’s case. They don’t seem to care for Keyshaun because there is no way to bring racism or police brutality into it. Like John Penfold said, it’s not actually the lives that seem to matter to that movement.

    I am only listing them as examples of names used in social media campaigns. I know each case is very different, and don’t mean to imply more of a commonality than that.

    Cameron Gray

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  11. Cameron Gray Contributor
    Cameron Gray
    @CameronGray

    Umbra Fractus: I dispute your putting Brown and Garner in the same category. Garner is the only one on Cameron Gray’s list I’d consider an unambiguous crime (with the concession that I’d never heard of Sandra Bland until this post, and thus can’t judge.) The police in question used excessive force in the furtherance of a stupid law; Eric Garner was killed because he didn’t pay his taxes. Martin and Brown were violent thugs brought down in legitimate acts of self defense. Both would still be alive if not for their own bad decisions. Freddie Gray’s death was an accident. Tragic? Yes. Avoidable? Maybe. But still an accident.

    Like I said, just a list, not a comment on each individual case.

    Cameron Gray

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  12. Tommy De Seno Contributor
    Tommy De Seno
    @TommyDeSeno

    Umbra Fractus:

    Tommy De Seno: In keeping with it, I don’t put Trayvon Martin and Sandra Bland in the same category as Brown and Garner.

    I dispute your putting Brown and Garner in the same category. Garner is the only one on Cameron Gray’s list I’d consider an unambiguous crime (with the concession that I’d never heard of Sandra Bland until this post, and thus can’t judge.) The police in question used excessive force in the furtherance of a stupid law; Eric Garner was killed because he didn’t pay his taxes.

    Martin and Brown were violent thugs brought down in legitimate acts of self defense. Both would still be alive if not for their own bad decisions.

    Freddie Gray’s death was an accident. Tragic? Yes. Avoidable? Maybe. But still an accident.

    My intent was not to litigate each case, only to support the OP that Black Lives Matter look to nothing more than skin color of the deceased to lump them together, which is devoid of any analysis. You do have to look at the facts of each case to find them similar or dissimilar in any way.

    Not going to Jack the thread – but Brown and Garner both involved disobeying the police. I don’t care if your crime is only mala prohibita – when the officer says put your hands behind your back you do it.

    Bland isn’t about police brutality it’s more about the legitimate concern of the warden’s obligation to protect inmates from others and themselves once in custody. Not sure what race has to do with that.

    I need facts of Gray. If they took him on one of those notorious rides and he died from it that’s awful, but I don’t know that it has to do with race. Still don’t know yet what happened there.

    As for Trayvon, some of the most heated discussions I’ve had on Ricochet was over my support for the boy and my condemnation of Zimmerman. That had nothing to do with police of course.

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  13. La Tapada Member
    La Tapada
    @LaTapada

    danys:Such a sad and infuriating story. I’m now following you on twitter & have retweeted your tweet.

    I don’t do Twitter (and perhaps I don’t fully understand how it works), but could conservatives overwhelm the Black Lives Matter hashtag with tweets about black lives lost that the media pays no attention to?

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  14. Johnny Dubya Member
    Johnny Dubya
    @JohnnyDubya

    #RandolphHolder: New York City police officer killed yesterday by Tyrone Howard.

    Holder and Howard, both black, had a shootout, and Holder lost.

    Howard, 30 years old, has been arrested 28 times since the age of 13.

    If the cop had been white, and had killed Howard instead, do you have any doubt that the media and the usual suspects such as Al Sharpton would be screaming to the high heavens?

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  15. Funeral Guy Inactive
    Funeral Guy
    @FuneralGuy

    If the mother’s boyfriend had been white, it would have been a different story. #Black Lives Matter is a racist group, virulently anti-white and anti-cop. Republicans don’t want to face the reality that a large percentage of blacks wouldn’t vote for them (The White Party) if you held a gun to their heads. I still get steamed about the way John Derbyshire was treated by National Review when he answered the then popular column about “The Talk” that black parents had to have with their children regarding the perfidy of whites and police in particular. Derb’s column merely told the truth from the other perspective. For this he was cashiered out of NR by the wimp Rich Lowry. I never thought I would see such a venerable publication as NR grovel before the Gods of Political Correctness. I’ve rarely visited NRO since. (Mainly to read the indispensable Kevin Williamson.)

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